Baccarat – A ‘Royale’ Casino Game
Baccarat, a popular French casino game, enjoys international recognition due to its inclusion in Casino Royale. James Bond is shown in the movie regarding the game as his favorite.. The objective of this 2-player game is to score a total of up to 9 points, but higher than the dealer.
It is a revised form of a famous Italian casino game, Baccara. Any of these three results-player, dealer and tie is a probable outcome. The most recent versions of the game that have become highly popular are Punto Banco, Baccarat Banque and Chemin De Fer.
Played around an oval table and in anti-clockwise direction, cards between 2 and 9 score points equal to their respective face value, face cards score no points and aces score a total of 1 point. Total score or a hand is the value of the last digit of the sum total of the cards for example, a hand consisting of 5 and 6 is worth 1. The value of 9 points is the highest achievement in the game of baccarat. In the first round, two cards are given each to the banker and the punter.
A sum total of points on both cards is announced. If the player scores greater than 10 points, the second digit is accepted as hand value. The punter must now place a bet on a total near 9 points. The winner is one whose total hand value is near 9. A draw is one where neither wins nor loses. The game continues till a winner emerges. If the punter or banker gets either 8 or 9 as a sum total of the initial 2 cards, he is declared the natural winner. Chemin de fer, original French version of baccarat was played with 6 shuffled decks of cards. The banker keeps changing after every round. In Baccarat Banque, there is a permanent banker.
Unlike other casino card games, Baccarat gives a chance to punters to place bets on more than one outcome. The possible kinds of bets are – your hand will have a higher point and win, banker’s hand will have a higher point and win or the outcome will be a tie. Two rules preside over a game of Baccarat – the player’s rule and the banker’s rule. By player’s rule, if a player scores a total between 0 and 5 points with the first two cards, he must draw another card. Otherwise, he waits for the banker’s turn. According to the banker’s rule, a banker can opt for any of the below mentioned actions, if a punter draws the third card.
- If the banker’s hand is less than a total of 2 points, the banker draws another card.
- If the hand value is equal to 3 points, the banker will draw another card provided the punter’s additional card is not 8.
- If the hand value is 4, the banker will draw another card provided the player’s extra card is of a value between 2 and 7.
- If hand value is 5, the banker draws another card provided the extra card drawn by the player falls between 4 and 7.
- If the sum total of the hand value is 6, the banker will draw another card provided the punter’s additional card is either 6 or 7.
- If hand value is 7, the banker chooses to stand.
Baccarat became highly popular in 2012 after the release of the movie,’Casino Royale’. It overtook the popularity gained by Blackjack. All passionate gamers were inclined to this fantastic game. The online version of the game is available on Android phones and can be downloaded using Google Play.